posted on: Thursday April 22, 2010
Kevin Cassidy ’11 / World Staff
On Thursday, April 15, spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said all adoptions of Russian children to United States families have been temporarily suspended, according to The Washington Post. Despite the claim by the spokesman, both U.S. and Russian officials have denied the reports. The adoptions that are currently pending for Russian children are temporarily on hold until a U.S. delegation reaches an agreement with Russia in the next few days about the future placement of Russian children.According to The Washington Post, spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said, “further adoptions of Russian children by American citizens which are currently suspended will be possible only if such a deal is reached.” Andrei went on to say, “Russia believes that only an agreement that contains effective tools for Russia and U.S. officials to monitor the living conditions of adopted Russian children will ensure that recent tragedies in the United States will not be repeated.” Nesterenko’s statement reflects the incident that occurred last week when an American woman sent her seven-year-old adopted son back to Russia on a plane by himself.A spokesperson for the Kremlin’s children’s rights ombudsman said they knew nothing of the suspension.